Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Scottish hockey mother hailed inspirational after shedding five stone

Alana Willox, right, played for Scotland Masters at the World Cup

By The Hockey Paper

A Scottish masters player has been hailed an inspirational figure after returning to the sport which helped her to then lose five-and-a-half stone in weight.

Alana Willox, a 40-year-old, played hockey in her youth and early 20s before becoming a mother of four.

Willox, from Fraserburgh in Scotland, returned to hockey in her late thirties and dropped from 14.9 stone to nine.

“I had my first son when I was 24 and had three more soon after at 26, 29 and 31,” the primary school teacher told the Evening Express.

“I truly thought that I would never play hockey again.”

A chance encounter with a former team-mate saw her start playing again, while her first tournament saw her fail to fit into her former vests.

“It was a real wake up call. I feel amazing – there are no words,” added Willox, who trains at Merlins Gordonians HC.

Willox was called up for Scotland’s over-40s for the Masters World Cup in Spain during the summer.

“I never thought I would achieve playing at this level – we travel the world with that team,” she told the paper.

“It makes me feel like there is still room to progress and get better.

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